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Updated: October 11, 2019

Art, entertainment and upscale shopping

Known for its cosmopolitan mix of international business, embassies, dance clubs and major art galleries, Roppongi is always on the go. A center for recreation after WWII, it has shaken off its slightly seedy reputation, with a renewed focus on art.

General Tips

  • Chill out in the gardens behind Tokyo Midtown; there are frequent yoga events on weekends
  • If you loved Quentin Tarantino’s movie Kill Bill, dine at Gonpachi, which is said to have been the inspiration for the famous restaurant fight scene

Map Legend

  • Walking
  • Taxi
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Water Bus


In the heart of the arts district

Nogizaka Station

A small station on the Chiyoda Line, Nogizaka Station can be easier to navigate than Roppongi Station and is closer to the National Art Center Tokyo. Take Exit 6 to connect directly to the museum.

Walking2 mins


A gleaming wave of international art

The National Art Center Tokyo

One of the largest art museums in Japan, the NACT hosts blockbuster exhibitions from Japan and overseas. Designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, the glass, steel and concrete structure undulates like a wave. Inside, the minimalist space features galleries, cafés and restaurants and a well-edited gift shop.

Walking8 mins


Live the luxury life

Tokyo Midtown

A combined development of hotel, business, residence and shopping, Tokyo Midtown is like a luxury city. Behind the shopping mall and restaurants, a sprawling park hosts yoga classes in good weather. Don’t miss the 21_21 Design Sight in the park, a contemporary design museum by Issey Miyake.

Walking11 mins


A landmark of art and lifestyle

Roppongi Hills

One of the first mixed residential developments in the area, Roppongi Hills is another mini-city, with international company headquarters, luxury shops and a world-class art museum. It also connects directly to the Grand Hyatt hotel. The complex is known for the giant Maman spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois.

Walking4 mins


Starry, starry nights

Tokyo City View

Tokyo City View encompasses the Mori Art Museum, Mori Arts Center Gallery, cafés and an observation area. The idea is that you see the art inside the building, then gaze out at the “art” that is the city of Tokyo. Floor to ceiling windows on the 52nd floor offer a sweeping panorama of the city. In good weather, head to the Sky Deck for fresh air views.

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